Autism Bridge Walk offering support to families impacted by disorder

Posted at 11:20 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 13:57:07-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As April winds down, hundreds of people gathered in downtown Grand Rapids Wednesday to celebrate Autism Awareness Month.

It happened at the Blue Bridge in Grand Rapids to support those with special needs at the 2nd annual Autism Bridge Walk.

In addition to families, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss was on the bridge alongside Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, who has been especially vocal in supporting those with autism or other special needs.

Hope Network partnered with the Grand Rapids Public Museum this year for a free hands-on experience with different displays and activities. Michael Posthumus, Vice President of Education at the museum told FOX 17 the sensory-friendly museum night was specially catered for families effected by autism.

“We want to let everyone know - especially these families - that the museum is a place where they are welcomed and wanted,” Posthumus said.

In addition to bubble machines, rides, and movies, there were was food catered to all kinds of diets. Dr. Mira Krishnan, spokesperson for Hope Network, said it was the perfect day for families and the community to support one another.

“To motivate all people apart of this community, to just fight for more inclusion, acceptance, and integration of autistic children,” said Dr. Krishnan.

According to Hope Network, 1 in 68 kids are affected by autism in the U.S. Families looking for services or support can find more information by going to Hope Network’s website or by visiting their Facebook and Twitter pages.